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#3937978 VBXE Installation

Posted by Stephen on Yesterday, 7:19 PM

Preach on brother doctor!

#3936924 1088XEL Alternative Mother-Board Project

Posted by Stephen on Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:52 PM

Just wondering if anyone who has completed an XEL has any feedback about how it is in operation?

For me, it's better than the "real" machines because I am using a wonderful IBM Model M clone keyboard and a mouse, thanks to the built in TK-II mod.  Other than that, there really is no difference, because it is not an emulated system, it's 100% built with original Atari chips.


It does have the added benefit of some of the best and newest upgrades, such as Ultimate 1MB and the UAV (for crystal clean video output), it has stereo sound.

#3936219 3-D Printed Disk Tree

Posted by Stephen on Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:28 PM

What went wrong with your printer? I don't know much about the Davinci, but I'm pretty sure I could replace every part on my Quidi X-One 2. I kind of feel like I'm back in the 8-bit days with 9-pin slow-ass dot matirx printers. Can't wait to see how this progresses. I have to believe in 10-20 years (probably less), we will be printing color 3-d objects as fast as we laser print color pages now. They already have 3-d printers that combine with inkjet ink to do full-color 3-d printing.

Basically, the entire thing is shit.  There's no way to make any adjustment hold, it doesn't print nicely with 4 different types of filament, the bed leveling is shit, the temp control is shit, the speed is shit.  I should say, this is quite an old machine now.  I only paid a few hundred for it, I got a few workable parts, and I was an early adopter.


Absolutely no need to start out with a machine so sub par these days.  If you asked me five years ago, I would have been singing it praises.  Before you ask, I have flashed the latest Repetier firmware to it, spent weeks trying to re-calibrate it.

#3936107 3-D Printed Disk Tree

Posted by Stephen on Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:20 PM

I am getting very interested in obtaining one of my own. I can think of a half dozen things for my Atari I'd make straight away...starting with a case for my System Check 2 PBI card.

Whatever you do, do not get a Davinci XYZ printer.

#3934766 Jaguar running on an NES Power brick (Do not try this at home)

Posted by Stephen on Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:03 PM

I wonder how many people will just read "Jaguar running on an NES power brick" and blow their Jags up as a result of this.

Hopefully a bunch.  The dumb asses that blow them up, make my working Jag worth more money.

#3934059 Cases for the Mini-ITX based Atari 8-Bit Motherboards

Posted by Stephen on Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:11 PM


Or maybe even 1088XEL-GM where GM = Game Machine which was usually what the console being sold by itself was known as. XEGS (XE Game System) really referred to the complete 'system' that came with the light gun and a game that could use it.


Please don't ever suggest that to a die-hard Mopar guy :)  1088 SRT maybe.

#3932446 BallBlazer framerate

Posted by Stephen on Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:04 PM

I'll second this - 60Hz the entire time, and the 1st example of realtime anti-aliasing.  Absolute beastly code for the time.

#3932189 Can you name this 400 replacement keyboard

Posted by Stephen on Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:58 PM

That is the most heinous looking replacement keyboard I have ever seen.  That thing was an actual product?  I love my b-key even more now.

#3931925 Atari SpartaDOS X case

Posted by Stephen on Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:29 AM

That looks great!

#3931384 Images generated by RastaConverter

Posted by Stephen on Tue Jan 9, 2018 4:29 PM

I got a public domain disc from Vulcan Software, contained I think 5 maybe 6 images from Steve Dong.  They had DLI based changes, and were some of, if not the 1st images I saw on the Atari with > 5 colours.  If memory serves, they were hand pixeled, and the DLIs were manually placed by Steve.

#3930270 The (RND*command questions x infinity<<16) Help Thread

Posted by Stephen on Mon Jan 8, 2018 11:43 AM

Ooh - I love Cosmic Ark!

#3930204 looking for recommendations for homebrews, conversions and hacks

Posted by Stephen on Mon Jan 8, 2018 10:25 AM

I've seen some great stuff done by the community on the Atari 8bit, like the Asteroids arcade conversion,  the unfinished IK+ that was looking great.  The improved Donkey Kong/Popeye/DKjr that were posted here.


I'm wondering what other great stuff like that is around that I may have missed?   I don't think there's a single source that's collected these things.


I'm especially interested in anything that pushes the system more than the average 80s game.  Doing things we thought were impossible.

Latest game, only released a week ago, is the insanely great Bosconian arcade conversion.

#3929617 Aurora64 Screen Saver

Posted by Stephen on Sun Jan 7, 2018 3:45 PM

Pig-tails and bangs - it gets no better :)

#3929578 Very cheap SCART to HDMI converter: be worth?

Posted by Stephen on Sun Jan 7, 2018 2:38 PM

I say you should really relax.  If you think that was a harsh or sarcastic post, you will never survive 2 days here :)

#3928042 An error in "Mapping the Atari"?

Posted by Stephen on Fri Jan 5, 2018 12:28 PM

The bit layout for the missiles is also in reverse order.  Took me a while to find that, I kept debugging my code assuming I had done something wrong.